Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs

Spiritual Imbalance In Our Lives

“If you're depressed and anxious, you're not a machine with broken parts – you're a human with unmet needs.”
- Johann Hari
Lost Connections

I think Hari has really nailed it in his new book: our society is having a crisis of depression and anxiety not because of chemical imbalances in our brains, but because of spiritual imbalances in our lives. Specifically, in modern society we have all become disconnected - from meaning and purpose, from useful work and meaningful values, but mainly, overwhelmingly, from one another. (See excerpt in prior dispatch.) If you're not going to read the book, you can get the big points below in an hour – or even, really, in the first 23 minutes.

I would have been at this event, incidentally, but all Hari's London appearances are sold out…

On reflection, actually, this interview in conversation with the wonderful Andrew Sullivan – whom I've been of fan of for the better part of two decades – might be better. Probably watch this one. :) Worth it for the opening anecdote about Sullivan, his terrific book Virtually Normal, Obama, and the triumph of gay marriage, alone.

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Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (coming in 2016); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of special-operations military ZA novels. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

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